Archive for the ‘foreign language’ category

Foreign Language Immersion with Hello World

May 30th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hello World (http://www.hello-world.com/)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has free online games, songs, and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and many more languages.
When you get to the site you will see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to learn: 
  • The Alphabet
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Clothes
  • The Calendar
  • The Family
  • Common Descriptions
  • Verbs
  • Time
  • Weather
  • and much more!
Plus, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained, so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out. If you ever have a problem – look at the “English” version for assistance.

There is a free “Teachers’ Grade Book” available that provides ideas for instruction, but you must register and then wait up to 7 days or so for approval and a password.

How to Learn Any Language

April 4th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

How to Learn Any Language

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

 This website was recommended by a fellow ClickScholar.
She wrote: 
I know I’ve recommended plenty of sites in the past, but this one is really a goodie! It offers excellent advice for the independent language learner. The site owner is an experienced polyglot and his website is full of information from general advice about choosing and learning a language to more detailed info about each language, its difficulty, related languages, advantages and disadvantages to learning it, and even links to online learning resources for each language. As an experienced language learner myself, I have to say this guy is really on track. Five stars!

She’s right! You’d better bookmark it now, because there is no way you can see all of the resources provided here on one visit. When you get to the site read the introduction and click on the embedded links to further information, or use the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, or the stationary menu on the left to explore the site. You will find suggestions and activities for learning all of the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
Use the handy Language Profile page to get a quick overview of the difficulty and popularity of the language.

Under the basic “Guide” on this site, don’t miss the article on “How To Raise Polyglot Kids.” It includes general advice along with suggestions for inexpensive as well as costlier resources you can use. You’ll also find information and advice on how to get the most out of language camps and immersion programs. This site even provides free downloadable software so you can make your own foreign language flash cards!

Note: On some of the pages at the site, the Google ads appear at the top of the page. It can give the illusion that there is nothing else on the page. You have to scroll down the page below the Google ads to find the text and resources. It’s a minor inconvenience.

This site is a fantastic resource that foreign language learners will refer to again and again.

Learn French – The Language of Love

February 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 14, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ielanguages.com-French

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 6 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.
When arriving at the link above, visitors can either choose a level or other topics including Romance Vocabulary and Romance Verbs from the left side bar menu or use the navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons. The center box links include: 
  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • Learning French Blog
  • French Phonetics
  • French Realia
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • MP3s for Tutorials
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs
Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s. MP3s are of a native French speaker and can be downloaded for offline practice. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. The Informal French & Slang lessons include some video lessons. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages option in the upper tool bar to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, Non-Ino-European Languages, as well as American English (ESL Lessons).

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Teaching Ideas for Foreign Languages

November 1st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 1, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Teaching Ideas – Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a menu of over 30 ideas for helping children ages 5-11 learn foreign languages. When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Many of the free activities are game suggestions that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in the French language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.
Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

Fun, Foreign Language Games Online!

August 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 2, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is really cool! Today’s site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages. When you get to the site look for the menu that includes:
  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

July 19th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 19, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Linguanaut

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad supported site might be a good place to start. Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following:

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Free Translation
  • Fun Page
  • Find Language Tutors

Once on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

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